Feb. 16, 2013
The Golden Gopher women's track and field team won eight event titles and honored its seniors at the Parents Day Open on Saturday. It was Minnesota's final home meet of the season.
Cami Gilson finished third in the pole vault, but first among collegiate competitors. She is now tied for sixth all-time in school history after clearing 12-10 (3.91m).
Missa Varpness won the mile in 4:55.82 after making a late push to pass Ashlie Decker, who finished second. Gophers also dueled for first in the 1,000 meters. Kaitlin Mincke passed Jamie Vandenberg on the final lap to take the title.
In the field events, senior Melissa Flucke won the high jump with her second-best jump of the season, clearing 5-5 1/4 (1.66m). Christina DeLakis won the shot put. Bria Halama landed her second-best triple jump of the season (39-0 1/2) to finish first.
The track event schedule took a short break during the meet to recognize Minnesota's senior class. Each senior, accompanied by her parents if they were in attendance, received a plaque with her name and picture on it.
"It was nice to be able to take time to honor our seniors, and to have some of their parents here today," director of women's track/cross country Matt Bingle said. "Now we need to have a good week of practice to prepare for the Big Ten Championships next weekend."
Seniors Honored at the Meet
Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.
Six Gophers Named Academic All-District
Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with six CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honorees.